About The Frugal Homeschooling Mom
Hey, there! My name is Deana Hipwell, and I’m “The Frugal Homeschooling Mom.” Welcome to my blog about:
- frugal and free homeschooling printables and resources
- how to homeschool on a tight budget
- budgeting tips and tricks
- homeschool family freebies
- affordable homeschool resources from me!
After I left my job in 2008 as a Master’s level public school teacher, I chose to stay at home and homeschool. I became “The Frugal Homeschooling Mom.” I started this blog in February of 2009. Now, it is such a fun adventure and a blessing to see this blog reach over a million people every year.
I enjoy bringing you information that may support you as you begin homeschooling your own children or that may help you live an abundant life on a not-so-abundant budget.
About The Frugal Homeschooling Mom
I love my Savior, Jesus Christ, and my family. For me, being a wife and mommy is the greatest joy on earth. It’s really all I’ve ever wanted to do. Homeschooling is what I feel God has called me to.
I’m having the most fun teaching my three children at home, and as frugally as possible. My family has lived the “frugal life” for about 12 years. Now we are transitioning to a minimalist lifestyle as well.
For more than 10 years, we lived off of a combined income that was less than I made as a teacher! It was tough, but we felt led to homeschool anyway. We are still homeschooling today, after surviving such a long period of financial sacrifice.
Working from home is now what I do, 40+ hours per week. I have a full-time, successful business doing freelance work as a Virtual Assistant, Front-end WordPress/website manager, and graphic designer. I tried working outside of the home and I was miserable – my heart’s desire was to keep my home and be with my children. I may one day go back to working outside the home, but for now, this is where I am meant to be.
God gives us strength, He always provides, and He is always at work in our lives. This blog is the result of all I’ve learned and experienced through those lean years, and I’ve poured my heart into the content here. I hope to help others who may be in similar economic circumstances.
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“May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you His favor and give you His peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)
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